The morning show host, 53, dressed as the Statue of Liberty for Halloween, was mid-sentence when she suddenly stopped talking, lost her balance and collapsed. The show then cut to an extended commercial break before Williams came back on-air and addressed the audience.
“That was not a stunt,” a smiling Williams explained. “I’m overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”
While she didn’t appear shaken or jolted by the snafu, Williams was leaning on a clear podium and wearing flats — her signature style while walking through the audience or walking back and forth on stage.
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Before signing off, she asked, “Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!”
“Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and nite of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is ok and will continue shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow,” said Williams’ spokesperson Ronn Torossian. “She has never missed a day of work and is looking forward on November 13th to her 1500th show.”